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Grateful Dead Live at Texas Christian University on 1971-11-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Texas Christian University on 1971-11-14

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This performance has been commercially released on Road Trips: Volume 3, Number 2

Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues, Jack Straw, Me And Bobby McGee, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, El Paso-> Sugaree, Big Railroad Blues, Beat It On Down The Line Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle, Loser, Playin' In The Band, Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Texas Christian University
Location Fort Worth, TX

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD -> Master Reel (10 inch) -> CD -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN


SBD -> Master Reel (10 inch) -> CD -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN; Converted By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: mrtuesdaynight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2015
Subject: Playing Now on Sirius
literally screaming in the car at the Other One > Me and Uncle > Other One > Wharf Rat. Who does that? Amazing. And Jerry's voice/guitar so clean, and Phil thumping HARD.

this is a good one for lifers and newbies alike
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2015
Subject: TCU
nice Other One
Reviewer: felixbrian - - October 9, 2014
Subject: Please bring back the streaming for this show
This show is not available on the conventional Road Trips Vol. 3 #2 release. Please bring back the stream!
Reviewer: homerjon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2013
Please bring back the streaming of this show. It was released commercially only as a Bonus Disk and that disk is no longer available or included with the Austin Concert. We need to be able to hear and enjoy this great show again which is the whole point of the archive.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2012
Subject: --
&!@#$%^-ing Road Trips....for every good, complete show they put in during that run, they insist on slicing it to ribbons, so only whatever they deem "worthy" can ever be listened to, because in the process they pull what's left on the archive we could otherwise stream and enjoy. *Sigh*.....

This is a dynamite show; Set 1's China Cat > Rider is seriously off the hook, folks...but set 2 is just absolute perfection all the way down; fans of Europe '72 and those endlessly beautiful interplays between Jerry and Keith's grand piano may take note that this is right around when those kind of jams were first developed - the Other One here is the main showcase, split with that "gimmick" of throwing Me and My Uncle into the mix and on a dime screeching around the corner back where it...haha..."always was"...these clever cowboy song placements were basically the Dead saying, slyly, "What do you mean? We were playing the Other One the entire time! Where have *you* been?" I don't doubt Phish took a cue from listening to the way the Dead made "songplay" into a fully interactive event with the audience on suites like this.

I like the slight muffle of these old boards - even the official choppity-chop half-release of this show maintains, miraculously, that distant, sweet, soft sound from this show.

Try and grab the board; this is a masterpiece of a show and should be heard in its entirety, NOT whatever "they" decide.
Reviewer: Charlie_fwtx - - July 8, 2010
Subject: My assignment to cover The Dead concert
I was eighteen and under the influence. I was guilty of being intoxicated by rock music. I was on a mission. I knew what I had to do. My moment in to shine lay before me as I entered the Daniel Meyer Coliseum on November 14, 1971 with credentials! I had been allowed to have early access to the venue by means of a pass. My high school newspaper (The Eastern Hills Highlander I think) had “sent” me to cover the show for its intrinsic cultural value. I was ever so humbled to oblige my duties for my fellow students.
It was still warmish for November but perfect for one of my own tie-died creations consisting of white tie-died jeans and t-shirt. My mid-back length red hair in a pony tail, my camera bag and notebook clutched close and I was “IN”. As I sauntered across the basketball floor like a cat that’d just gotten the mouse I could still smell the musty sweat of the ball players. I thought to myself “this is going to change when the show starts”. The noisy commotion that drew me towards the back of the stage was the roadies off-loading the bands gear. Sauntering in that direction continued.
I was a ghost it seemed as I walked freely from room to room looking for someone to interview. There were no security concerns back in the day. The New Riders had too much going on and didn’t want to talk nor stand still for a picture so I went through another door. It was hot back here so I followed the cooler air to a room that had a door open. I went in stood just inside the door getting cooled off when a voice said “Would you like something to drink?” I turned to look at the source and wound up face to face with Phil Lesh the bass man for the Grateful Dead. I explained what I was here for and he motioned me to the double coca-cola coolers full of every kind of beer and soft drinks and passed me a joint. Hesitant, I thought is this a setup? Nah, this was the Dead backstage!
There I was in dreamland with a real touring rock band! My thoughts were not about how great the Dead were instead I was interested in the set list and what sort of bass Phil plays. I was in my own rock band at the time so it was a musician thing. The bond cemented I remember asking Phil if they were going to do Casey Jones that night. I had purchased “Workingman’s Dead” the year before and that was one of my favorites on the album. He said he didn’t think so but that he’d ask the others.
Sound check over everyone gathered for last minute snacking and drinking then it was on with The New Riders of The Purple Sage. Pandemonium insued. The Sage done In true Dead fashion an hour or so later they took the stage. Being allowed on stage to photograph the band all I could think about was “so this is what it’s like to play in front of this many people!” Cool. Click click click and off stage I went. Thinking I had made the biggest score of my life I rolled up my film and watched the rest of the show. When Casey Jones came up in the set my life had been completed.
I still drag the original photos from the show out and go through them every so often while listening to “Drivin my train….”
Charles C. Smith II
Fort Worth , Texas
Reviewer: grateful_fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2010
Subject: The Dead at TCU
I received my winter 2009 edition of "The TCU Magazine" as an alumnus, and it made my day. There was an article on the Dead's concert there as well as directions to find and hear the concert on the web. And then, the recording turned out to be a clear and complete rendering of a great show. I attended TCU 10 years after the Dead's appearance, and had no idea it had ever taken place.

I was again amazed at how the Dead's novel attitude of tolerating and encouraging fans to record their shows freely was positively prescient in terms of today's internet. Part of their unique mystique.

Check out some background on the show at Including that it was played at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, to answer one poster's question.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2009
Subject: Everything is big in Texas...
A superb performance here, with an interesting and lively mix! Keith has hit the ground running and quite obviously infused some intensity into the band.

The little swing through Texas is a sweet spot of '71 and this Other One suite is among the very best that the band performed. (98+ pts)
Reviewer: wsphansam - - April 29, 2009
Subject: Location...?
I'm curious as to where the concert took place on TCU's campus?
Reviewer: jussieyes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2009
Subject: the good ol' grateful dead
This is what it's all about and reminds me (don't really need the reminder though) why I love the Grateful Dead so much! Crackling energy and solid versions of the songs, played in a really great order...the sound, as others have mentioned, should not be taken for granted- hard to believe this was nearly 40 years ago as it could have been yesterday. Put some headphones on and listen...everyone is absolutely clear and for those Bobby bashers out there, shame on you- let his licks soothe your right ear! Jerry, Phil, et al. are really kickin'!
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" November 14, 1971 at the Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.A.


4 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1971 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. Get November 15th too:

The GRATEFUL DEAD in 1971 had an incredible sound. In my opinion, Garcia's guitar sound is his best in 1971. It's alive, it has texture, color, depth, dimension, tone, body, it's full, fat and sounds fantastic.

Billy's cymbals could have been up a little more in the mix for my taste, that's why I gave it 4 stars for the mix.

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

If you are using Windows XP you should be viewing this web-page with RealPlayer for easy streaming and downloading.

"They" do yank/pull/delete shows from the Internet Archive, so I recommend archiving your own shows.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1971 it sounds just like I remember it. My first GRATEFUL DEAD concert is just 3 weeks away, in December 71, in NYC with Pigpen and Keith at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2008
Subject: What Can I Say?
You win again -- if you stick with this.

Accurate reviews, great show, amazing recording for its time.
Reviewer: theweed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2008
Subject: A Gem
What a treat to listen to this. Crystal clear sound, and the boys sound great - especially the vocals. Best conert I've heard sampling from the archive over the last couple of years.
Reviewer: isshin68 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2008
Subject: TCU GD concert
I was there....and found this site looking for a tape or CD of that concert. The only GD concert I ever saw.
TW Fort Worth
Reviewer: Single Malt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2008
Subject: HUGE sound
This show has that BIG sound. Sounds like some of the Europe 72 ambience minus Pig and Donna. Well mixed for my ears. The previous reviewer nails the explanation. This is a diamond, folks.
Reviewer: Exit Flagger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2007
Subject: Up there with the best of them
It's amazing how one can find such gems so late in the game. It's taken me until July 2007 to find this one. I've listened to FAR more than my fair share of live Dead over the last 20 years and this one is among the best. I just discovered this one on a torrent tracker and am blown away at the energy of the performance! There is that feral energy that I usually associate with the 67-68 era of the band. Pigpen is absent and Keith has just come on board so the band seem to resort to their rhythmic strengths to pick up the slack more than any time since the late 60s. They play with such well defined intensity that I cant stop listening to this one. I've probably listened to this one 30 times over the month and still cant get enough. It has that elusive otherness that the finest of live Dead performances have. My old stellar favorite 11-7-71 seems sprawling and unfocused in comparison. It undoubtably stands right up there with the best of the best--5-7,8,9-77, 6-10-73, 4-29-71, 2-14-70--some vaunted company. No hyperbole. I'm not sure how I missed this one all these years, but if you dont have it GET IT!! This is the stuff that Grateful Dead dreams are made of! Genuine magic.
Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2006
Subject: amazing
all around killer show! jerry's lead on mexicali is cosmic.... 1971 was a very special year
Reviewer: jhender501 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2005
Subject: An Absolute Gem
I'm just now into Tennessee Jed and I'm ready to put this on the top 10 list, had I not given up on keeping one. Just a great show all the way..
so far..
Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: Another very good 1971 show - this version is better quality
I have always liked 1971. This show delivers. Jerry sound so young on Loser. First You Win Again. I think MAMU fits so well in The Other One. Last note and BAMM, you're back in The Other One. Sound is very good. You'll be happy once you listen to this show.

I downloaded both versions and this is clearly the better one.
Reviewer: Duanebase - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: what a find!!
this show is fantastic, as is the sound, incredible other one here folks. definately a keeper.
Reviewer: stormweb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2005
Subject: My first show
I love finding these moments from my treasured past, and sounding with a clarity that my mind has forgotten. 16 songs in the first set. I had bought all the Dead albums when they came out, but didn't see them until this Homecoming show at Texas Christan University. Lots of blue Tuxes and gaudy gowns mixed in with the hippies. Quite a site. So even though I knew their albums, I had never heard Jack Straw or One More Sat Night.
So pleased to have this back.
Reviewer: bigboypeete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2005
Subject: what?
this version was last reviewed almost a year ago the other one has reviews from within the last 6 months, i dont understand this is the superior verion by far ,unless u like the muffled sound
Reviewer: DeadLeaf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2004
Subject: Kickin' Show at a Stuffy School!!
Too funny! I went to TCU in the stuffy late 80s and never knew the Dead had played there. I can't imagine how the suits were talked into letting this show go forward.

The setlist is fantastic and the band was in high gear. I'd give the show 5 stars. The recording is very good - I'd give it four stars. Definitely a nice addition to anyone's collection.
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